With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co-opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs, and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Beyonce, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN, and Netflix. His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Dapper Dan’s boutique reopened in 2017 in a major partnership with Gucci. His upcoming memoir is set to release via Random House on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.
These valuable impressions sparked the interests of some very reputable Production companies, landing Supa on All Def Digital (2016). Many offers for Reality TV Productions followed. Her respected opinions help her launch “Da Soup Kitchen” Podcast, where Supa and close friends offered their unfiltered opinions on current events, and personal life situations. Supa is not only known for her sense of humor, but for her unique, and unconventional Parenting skills. After a video of her teaching her Son, Tre to protect himself from bullying (By “Roasting” or “Ribbing”) went viral, Wuzzam Supa was featured on Vibe, BET, Essence, and Fader to name a few. R & B Singer Monica, instantly felt a connection, and personally approached her, commending her parenting skills and warm personality. They have since partnered their Brands with awesome give a ways. Early on in her Career, Supa understood the importance of branding after resiliently being mentored by Jessica Dupart (DaRealBBJudy), most known for her smart, strategic, strong and tactical marketing skills. This mentorship helped blossom and motivated Supa’s views on her Brand. Early 2017, Supa became immersed in the world of beauty and makeup. She worked tirelessly to create and birth The Crayon Case. The Crayon Case, a safe haven for amateur make-up artist and newbies to the make-up world, has taken Social Media by storm. Crayon Cuties are obsessed, crashing sites, and begging for re launch days after continuous product sell outs. Wuzzam will never conform to what society says a Social Media Personality should be, making her more appealing, and loved. The success of the Crayon Case has proved she is unrelenting and determined to be the best at all she accomplishes.
The Crayon Case
Throughout her career trajectory, Denee “Dnay B” Baptiste has been a highly sought after professional dancer whose rundown includes Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Jason Derulo among countless others including, the Queen herself, Beyoncé. One could only imagine the rewarding yet fulfilling experience of working with such a legendary performer as Mrs. Carter while dancing under the biggest spotlights in the world but for hard-working, persevering women such as Dnay, dreams really do come true!
Of course, possessing a desire for the arts isn’t enough to make it the top and in Ms. Baptiste case, her tenacious spirit, willingness to confront challenges forthright as well as her quest to never give up and never settle created tangible opportunities. However, as we all know, you only have one shot to make a great first impression, therefore, the West Harlem native was not only eager for the opportunities but when it was game-time she was prepared for the moment.
Although her professional success is reminiscent of a wondrous fairytale the emotional journey endured from childhood to present day was not as easygoing as many would presume true. She struggled with rocking her black girl magic to its fullest potential because insecurities lingered at an early age to feel beautiful, bold and confident. In hindsight, she credits Kelly Rowland as a source of inspiration saying, “She’s [Kelly Rowland] positive and is definitely about the woman especially the dark skinned woman. When I was growing up watching and listening to Destiny’s Child I always wanted to be like her because I love everything she stands for.”
Fast-forward and after much soul searching, Dnay has created and cultivated a 360-degree journey. Serving as the embodiment of female empowerment with young girls aspiring to follow in her footsteps, she truly exemplifies what it means to be young, gifted and black in a world that at times is unable to appreciate innate beauty.
Denee 'Dnay' Baptiste
Michelle Smalls, is known as “Queen of Harlem” to many in the community. Michelle’s goal is to put smiles on the faces of young people, by way of giving back to the community at large. Michelle is an influencer, serial entrepreneur, real estate broker, and philanthropist. For well over a decade, Michelle smalls, as a social impact leader, has always placed a high priority on youth and the community.
Michelle intuitively sees the needs and desire of her community, as an inspirational leader who focuses on problem-solving. She takes full action and hosts outstanding charity events like her Christmas Toys and Coats drive, Community Halloween party, Back to school drive, preparing teens for their proms and having an all-girls basketball team.
Ms. Smalls is a pillar in the Harlem community. She is transforming the lives of our youth by empowering them with love and opportunities that could build a tighter bond in our lifetime.
Serial Business Owner
Michelle 'Queen of Harlem Smalls
From MTV to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Yewande’s socially charged music has taken center stage with musical icons from the Black Eyed Peas to Maroon 5, but it is her work as an award-winning lecturer, social activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador that has become her greatest achievement. Recognized as an international expert in strategic diversity leadership, social impact, multidisciplinary education and youth development, Yewande has been conferred with a 2019 Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarianism, 2018 African Women in Leadership Award, 2018 African Global Chamber of Commerce Award and a 2017 President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the past 14 years, this social impact leader’s award-winning programs have empowered clients with competence skills that promote diversity and inclusion, leadership and social responsibility from the classroom and physical examination room to the boardroom. Under her capacity building consultancy, the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, she has been credited with transforming over 3,000 academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations through evidence-based strategies. Through a combination of education, sustainable skill development and the arts, her humanitarian organization, the Change Rocks Foundation, has taught over 250,000 vulnerable youth, advocates and educators in 20 countries from North and Latin America to Europe and 14 countries across Africa how to create sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and social injustice.
Among many notable accomplishments as an internationally renowned educator, lecturer and keynote speaker, the United Nations recently asked Ms. Austin to present her sustainable community model for Boko Haram conflict survivors at the “High Level Summit on the Repatriation of the Diaspora”. The first rehabilitation model of its kind in Abuja, Nigeria, Alheri Village will provide residents with housing, job training, healthcare and other critical services that promote social and economic independence. For the past 11 years, Ms. Austin has served as a consultant to the U. S. State Department under which she has produced conflict resolution, health education, youth empowerment and economic development programs across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia and Malawi. Yewande recently completed her second State Department assignments (2017 and 2019) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda where she expanded professional development programs for government officials and civic engagement programs for vulnerable youth, former child soldiers and indigenous leaders.
During her 2014-2017 tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Austin became the first Diversity Lecturer-in-Residence in the Office of the Vice-President for Health Sciences in the institution’s 177-year history. This residency produced HumanCare – the country’s first recognized diversity healthcare curriculum for pre-health and professional health science students which was developed and taught by Austin. In 2016, Ms. Austin was awarded with a Globe Faculty Fellowship by VCU’s Office of Global Education – one of only 25 Peace Corp Prep programs in America. During this fellowship, Yewande created The Art of Change – a social entrepreneurship course that she conducted concurrently with the University of Botswana online. With the success of this 3-credit class, Ms. Austin directed and created the curriculum for the department’s first study abroad program in The Republic of Botswana. This achievement marked the department’s second trip to Africa since its inception.
Ms. Austin has been recognized as a 2017, 2014 and 2013 CNN Hero nominee for her tireless international humanitarian efforts. And she recently launched the 2019 Nawo Cultural Tour and Economic Development Summit which will lead its first delegation to Nigeria, September 27 – October 7, 2019. This professional development trip was created to encourage collaboration between American and African industry leaders through cultural exchange, social engagement and economic partnership. It is this extraordinary mission that is inspiring a legion of everyday heroes to change the world.
Artist, Activist, Ambassador
Brandice Daniel is the CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR). HFR was founded in 2007 with the main focus being to provide a voice for multicultural designers; through a creative platform that enables these designers to sell and present their collections to key leaders within the fashion industry.
Harlem's Fashion Row has presented the collections of over 50 multicultural designers. Brandice has been featured in NY Mag, Adweek, Paper Magazine, New York Times, Forbes, TeenVogue,Ebony.com, Essence.com, New York Post, BET, and most recently on the CFDA's website for her efforts of increasing visibility for designers of color in fashion.
Through Brandice's diligent work efforts, HFR has had many successful brand partnerships, including Nike, TRESemme, OWN, ESSENCE, Prudential, Target, Marriott International, Smartwater, Coca Cola, Dark & Lovely, and Shea Moisture. She has received support from the CFDA, BRAG, and IMG. Brandice penned a new book this year entitled Sponsored, where she shares her secrets for achieving these partnerships.
While building HFR from a simple idea into a full-fledged business, Brandice had to jump several cliffs and learned many rewarding lessons about the fulfillment that comes from walking into the unknown. She is committed to sharing these lessons and providing others with the tools they need to take great business risks or “cliff jumps” through one on one coaching and classes.
Brandice has spoken on many panels on entrepreneurship and purpose-driven living for companies/organizations such as Prudential, Morgan Stanley, Verizon, ESSENCE Festival, The Coca-Cola Company, Adcolor, Fashion Institute of Technology, and has conducted workshops for the Harlem Business Alliance. Her articles on entrepreneurship have been featured in Huffington Post and she hosts two podcasts. On HFR's podcast, Brandice interviews multi-cultural designers and allow them to share their stories.
Brandice serves as co-host and co-founder of The Great Girlfriends Show, a podcast conversation series created to connect women with daily tips and solutions for living a passionate everyday life and building thriving businesses. Serving up conversations that matter to women, this sensational podcast ranges in topics from starting a thrilling business to forgiving friends, to building an amazing love life and MORE, and can be found at www.thegreatgirlfriends.com, or on iTunes, Stitcher, and Blubrry under The Great Girlfriends.
Brandice is an Entrepreneur, Author, Wife and Mother.
Harlem Fashion Row
Kim Morris, the founder and CEO of Yoniversity Online Training Academy™, is a self taught holistic wellness advocate and coach for over 10 years. Her passion is improving the lives of others through her work, and by simply sharing her story. It was in 2011, when Kim was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, her only option was to learn how to heal herself. It is then that she became fully focused on womb health. Now, Kim not only teaches women to take control of their reproductive health, she guides them in connecting to the most powerful and sacred organs ever created, their womb. By doing so, she believes this will support a woman’s passion, drive and ability to elevate in other areas of her life. Kim’s entrepreneurial journey began on Christmas Eve 2008, when she was laid off from a job that she truly loved and in an instant, she became a jobless and devastated single mother of two.
It was then that she knew the well-being of herself and her babies would always be at the mercy of someone else unless she chose to do things differently. So she set out on her entrepreneurial journey. Over the course of the following years, her business ventures took on many faces including a nonprofit organization helping underprivileged girls and accomplishing a long time dream of opening a wellness center. Kim is currently a full time womb wellness advocate and continues to guide other women on their healing journey as well as teaching women how to become womb wellness advocates for their family and community through Yoniversity Online Training Academy™.